West Virginia policeman fired after refusing to shoot suspect settles suit

From Reuters - February 12, 2018

(Reuters) - A former police officer who said he was fired after not shooting a man wielding an unloaded gun during a domestic dispute agreed to drop his lawsuit against the West Virginia city he worked in after reaching a settlement, his lawyers said on Monday.

Stephen Mader arrived at the home in Weirton on May 6, 2016, to find Ronald Williams distraught and wanting to commit suicide by cop, according to his lawsuit. Williams pleaded with Mader to shoot him.

Mader said Williams did not appear to be a threat and he tried to calm him. Two other officers arrived and one shot and killed Williams, whose gun turned out not to be loaded.

Mader was fired soon after in what he said was a flawed effort to buttress the other officers use of deadly force, according to the wrongful termination lawsuit he filed last year against Weirton in West Virginia federal court.

Weirton officials defended Maders firing at the time. They said Mader had worsened the situation by cursing at Williams and in two other incidents wrongly searched a vehicle without a warrant and contaminated a crime scene.


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